Questions of consequence:
1. What are we going to do about the o-zone deteriorating?
2. What can we do to keep Florida's coastline from rising? (Maybe more Ozone effects)
3.When will you withdraw our troops?
4. What will you do for hurt soldiers? (ex: missing legs, arms etc)
5. How will you reduce the need for gas?
6. Will you allow offshore drilling in Florida?
7. WIll that hurt the tourist industry?
8. How can we attract more people to the state if the price of gas is increasing?
9. How will we ever pay China back for all the money we have borrowed?
10. WHat will you do to help Florida's diminishing economy?
Questions of value:
11. What are your views on gay marriage?
12. What are your religious views?
13. Should women receive equal pay as men?
14. How do you feel about the FCAT and it's effects on children learning? (teachers spend so much time teaching it, kids don't know anything else but how to take the FCAT)
Questions of Policy:
16. Describe your foreign policy
17. Would you try to discard many hostilities we hold with other countries?
18. How would you deal with illegal aliens?
Questions of Fact
19. Many people are killed from gang violence or related hate crimes, would you create new gun laws that make it difficult to purchase or own onw?
20. Many children are uneducated due to a lack of motivation, would you help create programs to help them learn and eventually get a nice paying job?

Interview with McCain

In an interview last week on National Public Radio, Barack Obama was asked about his proposal for a "windfall profits" profits tax on oil companies. To her credit, the interviewer prefaced her question by noting that nearly all economists from across the political spectrum oppose the idea. Taxing oil company profits won't make gas any cheaper — it'll likely make it more expensive in the long run by discouraging exploration — and it won't speed the development of alternative energy sources. Obama's answer was pure demagoguery, pitting senior citizens and working class families against oil companies, who he says are reaping profits "hand over fist."
Obama's opponent John McCain has smartly opposed a tax on oil company profits — and Obama has promptly attacked him for it.
But McCain isn't much better. McCain has proposed an equally ridiculous "gas tax holiday," which will also do almost nothing to provide relief at the pump. Obama has smartly opposed the idea — and McCain has promptly attacked him for it.
Economic ignorance is nothing new in politics. Neither is the idea that a candidate would perpetuate economic idiocy he knows to be false because it plays into the narrative he's pitching to the voters. But no issue seems to prompt more jaw-dropping sophistry and anti-capitalist demagoguery than gas prices

yeah right

The story

For my research I checked around the internet for both sides of the presidential story. I just started, but i'll post some things I've found.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama seized on a record oil company profit to argue that rival John McCain offers only tax breaks for “Big Oil” and “short-term gimmicks” to consumers struggling with soaring gasoline prices.
The Illinois senator quickly incorporated news of Exxon Mobil’s nearly $12 billion quarterly profit into his remarks at a town hall meeting here.
“No U.S. corporation ever made that much in a quarter,” Obama said. “But while Big Oil is making record profits, you are paying record prices at the pump and our economy is leaving working people behind.”
McCain’s response, Obama said, is to propose a corporate tax plan that would give “$4 billion each year to the oil companies, including $1.2 billion for Exxon Mobil alone” and a gas tax holiday that Obama said would only “pad oil company profits and save you — at best — half a tank of gas” over an entire summer.
In recent days, Obama has complained that McCain is offering little of substance to voters and does little more than attack.
“All those negative ads he’s running won’t do a thing to lower your gas prices or lift up the debate in this country,” Obama said.


My experience with Obama

I went to see Obama during the summer of 08, it was great. He spoke about so many things, school upgrades, the black community, the economy, it was really a great experience. It was even nice seeing the Uhuru's in person, i've seen them at some other debates causing a ruckus, and at the Obama speech a few were almost escourted out, the security guards had to stand all around them. It was just a whole bunch of yelling and then they didn't listen to what Obama was even saying to him, which seemed kinda pointless to me



I know I keep posting things from other sites, but I just want to show where I get some of my information. fter I do a bit more research i'll do a bost with my personal views!

McCain- oh no

What in the world

McCain Supports Efforts to Ban Gay Marriage
The GOP candidate speaks out against same-sex unions in California
By Justin Ewers
Posted June 27, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO—After several weeks of silence on the issue of same-sex marriage, Sen. John McCain has made it official. The presumptive Republican nominee for president has endorsed efforts to ban gay marriage in California.

McCain sent this short statement to the Protect Marriage campaign, one of the conservative groups spearheading an effort to amend the state Constitution in November and define marriage as between a man and a woman:
"I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions."
McCain's stance on same-sex marriage comes as no surprise to political analysts, since he has never varied widely from the mainstream of the Republican Party on the issue. While McCain voted against a federal constitutional amendment supported by President Bush in 2004, he has said he thinks states should be able to determine their own approaches to marriage—and he has repeatedly said the matter should be left to voters, not judges, to decide. In 2006, McCain supported a failed initiative in Arizona, his home state, that would have amended the state Constitution and banned same-sex marriage. Another effort to place a constitutional ban on the Arizona ballot this fall was defeated in the state Senate this week.
Many experts believe the timing of McCain's announcement is no accident. Earlier this week, James Dobson, the founder of the conservative group Focus on the Family, railed against both Barack Obama and McCain on his radio show, saying he was disappointed that the likely Republican nominee, in particular, had not been muscular enough on an issue that is dear to the hearts of evangelical Christians.
Most of Dobson's ire was directed at Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, who Dobson said was "deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own world view." Still, Dobson had harsh words for McCain as well, complaining that the Arizona senator has not done enough in his home state to convince voters to ban same-sex marriage. "That is very disappointing," Dobson said. Neither candidate, Dobson declared, "give[s] a hoot about the family."
Obama, who does not support gay marriage but believes same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into civil unions, has not yet taken a position on the California initiative.

Gay Marriage and Obama

I thought this was interesting, i'll search for McCain after.

Watch this, it's from a debate:



I have been posting on another site I totally forgot about this one!


Writer's Workshop

I think this is right, I got a little confused for this assignment.

* What are the purposes of your two Writing to Explore assignments?
The writing to explore assignments are used to increase our knowledge about a certain subject, and also help us establish new writing techniques that we can use from here on out.

* Who is your audience for your I-Search project? Who is the audience for your Profile of a Local Agency?
The audience for my I-Search paper is mainly myself, but my peers are welcome to read it as well. The audience for the Profile assignment is the agency itself, and also the general public who may be interested in it.

* What is the rhetorical situation for your I-Search paper? What elements does it include? The Local agency profile?
My I-Search paper includes all of the rhetorical devices including rhetorical knowledge, critical thinking, reading, and writing, the processes, and also conventions. The profile also includes these same devices. This writing assignment is exciting!


1. What are three invention strategies that you use?
The first strategy I use is listing, I write down little words that remind me of ideas that pop into my head. The next one that I use is freewriting, it might take a minute or two to get the thoughts flowing but once they start they just don't stop! And the third strategy I use is questioning, I ask myself many questions that help me distinguish which type of paper I will be writing and about which information.

2.Why are invention strategies important?
They are important for one main reason, to help us write more easily! It might take a little practice to start using these strategies, but after you've got the jist of them you'll be using them for all of your writings! It speeds up the process and also makes for a better paper.

3.How can you incorporate invention strategies into your I-Search and Writing to Explore assignments?
Well, we can incorporate these strategies into those assignments in many ways. We can practice the strategies that we are most comfortable with, then begin to use them while working on the paper. We can enhance those skills in another assignment, then carry them over to the I-Search and Writing to Explore papers.

4.What revision strategies do you use?
After writing a paper, I read and re-read, and read once more what I have written. I circle the sentences that I may not need, then I jot down notes in the margines for facts that i'd like to add into the story.
5.Why are these strategies important?
These are important because it helps us make a better paper. We can catch the mistakes and also create a better quality paper if we just revise it!
6.How can you incorporate them into your work?
I do incorporate into my work! When doing an assignment I only put in what is necessary and take out the rest. I like to revise assignments until they tickle my fancy.


I was just watching TV and a McCain ad came on. It had Obama smiling and then the narrator was saying everything that Obama wasn't going to do. It's like an Obama ad with only negative things mentioned. How tricky!


Strengths and Weaknesses

Justin Sears

Assesing your strengths and weaknesses:
Rhetorical Knowledge: In this area I have a few strengths and a few more weaknesses. My main strength is my understanding for rhetoric and devices used. My main weakness would probably be the fact that I'm not good at writing, so it's pointless that I even assesed a strength.

Critical thinking, reading, and writing: In this area I am proud to say that I have a good understanding for the critical thinking process. I like to think of new ways to solve problems and also new ways to write. My main weakness for this area is my knowledge to better the critical writing process, but once I practice it i'll get the hang of it.

Writing processes: My only strength is the fact that i'm willing to do whatever it takes to produce a good paper. My weakness is my though process, whenever I try to map out a good story I hit the main points but for some reason they don't sound as exciting as I thought they would. So I guess that means that I need to work on my knowledge of conventions.

Knowledge of conventions: In this area I know which part of speech goes where. I know how to differentiate between a single person/group that does whatever they do, yet still get the subject right. My weakness for this is my quickness, the faster I work the more I mess up. So I need to go slow and pay attention!